Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Beach Retreat Sidelines’ Lavender Blue Lemonade |

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Beach Retreat Sidelines’ Lavender Blue Lemonade

Rob Galloway
The lavender in Sidelines’ Lavender Blue Lemonade balances out the sweet just right.
Rob Galloway / Lake Tahoe Action

One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

When life hands you lemons, why would you just make lemonade … and not add booze? That’s generally the concept of this week’s drink: Sidelines’ Lavender Blue Lemonade.

If I were a kid, I’d set up a lemonade stand right at the state line and peddle this drink all day long. Hey, I get it, kids can’t sell alcohol — but if they could, helloooo little entrepreneur. Nevertheless, this cocktail is definitely something that should appeal to all ages (over 21 of course).

What might make it so appealing is that it goes down super easy. Like cannonballing into a pool, this drink is simple.

Aside from the lemonade, the only other ingredient is a lavender-infused Tahoe Blue vodka. Well, not counting the garnish of course. Throw in a lemon wedge and a sprig of rosemary and voila.

As you might expect, the lavender and rosemary give this a definite herb-y smell. When consumed, it’s like a perfect mash up of Southern hospitality and alpine air. It’s clean and just steady-Eddy throughout.

If you’re a sourpuss and think lemonade is too sweet for you, don’t worry. The lavender balances out the sweet just right, but not too much. Don’t go thinking this is like one of those lavender stands at a street faire where you walk in and immediately want to take a nap. It’s very faint, but also relevant to the taste.

If the word “lemonade” has you thinking more about Beyoncé than a summertime staple, then perhaps this drink is not for you.

But for everyone who relished in the way lemonade made them feel as a kid, pull up a chair, ’cause this elixir is right up your alley.

Sidelines Sports Pub is located inside the Beach Retreat & Lodge at 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe, California. For information call 530-545-4333 or go to

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